Roadtrippin' to Southern Utah this weekend?! Make sure to check these guys out everytime you head down south.
After hiking around in Iron County all day the kids were famished. Apparently they were getting sick of trail mix and granola bars, so we promised them fresh hot pizza. As parents that needed to eat too, this meant finding a good pizza place. After asking around and getting advice from a few of the local Cedar City folks we found the The Pizza Cart.
Having never tasted their food yet, we looked into them and were instantly in love before ever taking a single bite.
Jason Murray decided to build a wood fire pizza oven out of clay in his backyard and strapped it onto a food cart and starting selling delicious, authentic, old-school style, wood-fire pizza on the street in Cedar City to help pay his way through college. It was revolutionary for this small little college town, where pizza is a basic staple for the majority of the population!
Four years later they ran a Kickstarter campaign and raised enough funds to build a larger oven and open a permanent location at 1190 South Sage Drive in Cedar City.
BUILD A LARGER OVEN!
Most restaurants go to large supply stores and purchase commercial cooking equipment, but Jason read Kiko Denzer’s book and figured he could do it himself for a much better price. So they sketched things out, welded materials together, and built the oven into their cooking area themselves.
In fact, with the help of family and friends the Murray’s hand built most of their store front and dining area themselves—from the gorgeous wood slab tables, right down to the chicken feeders-turned light fixtures hanging on the wall!
Not only was the interior decorated to near perfection, but Jason and Cindy really do work hard to create a fun, family-friendly dining experience for their customers. He took the time to hand draw cute little chef hats for each kid, complete with their own names.
They built a fun bar top along the edge of the food prep area so that the kids can sit up and watch their very own personalized pizza being made. From hand-tossing the dough to sliding it in next to the open flames the kids were mesmerized watching them work.
All fascination was instantly forgotten when the fresh, bubbling-hot pizza arrived in front of them though!
The kids ranked it as one of their favorite pizza places of all time, which is too bad since it is 4 hours away from us, but we’ll definitely be back next time we’re in town.
My husband also claims it was one of the best pizzas he’s ever had as well… there is just something about wood-fire cooking that makes everything taste better! It’s not on the menu, but they will know exactly what you are talking about if you request the onion and olive pizza. A definite favorite from us!
Also, the Chicken Bacon Ranch and anything with fresh basil… The Margherita or 3 Cheese Pesto.
They even have a Vegan Pizza that our dairy-allergy boys shared, only they opted to add some sausage and pepperonis as well :)
In addition to delicious pizza you can also get beautiful and flavorful salads, fountain drinks and good old Utah Applebeer (Non-alcoholic).
We were basically in awe with the rustic, authenticity of this place. There is nothing like a family business—husband and wife owners cooking together in the back, a son out waiting tables, and a real inspiring back story:
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I am obsessed with pizza! I wish I had known about this place when I was down there a couple of weeks ago!